Rui Pedro Pinto finished his graduate studies in sociology at the University of Porto (UP) and completed his master in social sciences at the Social Sciences Institute (ICS-UL). His PhD in sociology was obtained at the University of Porto. He is an integrated researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto. He is an adjunct professor of the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ESE-IPP). His teaching and research interests cover State, poverty and social inequality.